The William Inglis Hotel threw a launch event last Wednesday where VIP guests and the media were invited for a sneak peek. As a journalist my partner and I were invited to stay for a night at Western Sydney’s first five-star hotel. Here are my notes on the experience:
The hotel is an easy 15-minute walk from Warwick Farm railway station which is extremely convenient for those traveling to the city for business meetings. And as far as parking goes, it was very easy to find a park right outside the hotel. However, the next day when there were more people, the car park was already full. I could imagine a parking-spot shortage in peak season.
Upon entering, the door staff greeted us as guests and offered a luggage pulley. They were friendly, efficient and helped with every enquiry. An example of the great service was when they went beyond expectations. After a succulent meal served in the barn, guests made their way to the hotel’s 1867 barn for dessert. I asked one of the staff members if any of the food contained nuts and minutes later someone swiftly came out with a plate of fruit and nut-free desserts.
The room was certainly one of the highlights of the hotel. The detailing from the walls to the carpet was stunning and consistent in carrying an equestrian theme. Every room is named after a horse. Inside there were two robes hanging in the wardrobe, ideal for any hotel with a pool. Although the room was small, it had enough space. The only flaw was the fact there was no door separating the bathroom and the room. If someone needed to go, the other person was kindly asked to leave the room. The highlight was the exquisite views.
Pool and gym
As promised the rooftop pool had views stretching from the racecourse to Liverpool city. The pool area had a nice deck and was lavishly styled from the bar to the glass fencing. However, the pool only had room for about six guests to lay out and the gym had limited space.
We enjoyed afternoon tea, dinner, dessert and breakfast at the hotel. And there was absolutely nothing to complain about – it seemed to be fresh, good-quality food. Something a lot of hotels can get wrong.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the William Inglis Hotel. It’s a boutique hotel which encompasses an enriching history with the racecourse and equestrian theme. It’s also clean, stylish and the service was spot on. My rating is 4.5 stars.